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“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

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Cedarville University Theatre finds fun and keeps the faith  By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Kyle Mottinger [center] as the title role in Cedarville University’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”; photo credit: Scott Huck/Cedarville University It was a dark and windy night when we set off for the opening of Cedarville University’s “Joseph and the […]

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Pretty fantasies

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Dayton Ballet’s “Cinderella” dances in the details By Arnecia Patterson Photo: “When the fairy godmother works her magic, it will light up and the hands will spin”: the clock designed by Ray Zupp for Dayton Ballet’s “Cinderella” When Dayton Ballet’s “Cinderella” dons a universal fantasy – couture clad, she falls through a party thrown by the […]

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Universal appeal

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Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents North and South  By Joe Aiello Photo: 18-year-old violinist Chad Hoopes joins the DPO for North Meets South;photo credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco Some years ago (quite a few, actually), I walked into a classroom at University Hall on the campus of The Ohio State University to take an exam in history. I would […]

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Didn’t it rain, children, didn’t it rain!

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Wright State presents “1913: The Great Dayton Flood”  By Jacqui Theobald photo: Cyndii Johson and Donnella Barbour [center] bring the first act to a close in “1913: The Great Dayton Flood” By the time you’ve experienced Dayton’s own true story brought to new life at Wright State University, you’ll feel you are in 1913. WSU re-creates […]

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“The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth”

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A live-action graphic novel  By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Jason Phelps as Timmy in “The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth”; Photo credit: Sarah Bork Hamilton Imagine it’s 1933 and your mission is to save humanity from an invading force of monsters from outer space. Sound exhilarating? Let’s supplement your imagination with more than a thousand two-story tall, […]

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In the face of Disaster

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Dayton Visual Arts Center presents Disaster: A Juried Members’ Show By Emma Jarman Photo: “Home of the Brave” by Guustie Alavado; cast glass on wood & acrylic The setting is ironic. Titled Disaster: A Juried Members’ Show, the exhibit sits peacefully on the second floor of the Dayton Convention Center. Softly lit and simply hung around the […]

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Art remembered

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Local artist Willis “Bing” Davis presents Dayton Skyscraper 5 By Emily Kaiser Photo: “Urban Griot” by Willis “Bing” Davis; Photo collage of Daniel Beaty    When my Editor asked me to cover the Dayton Skyscraper 5 African American Artist Exhibition, it was a no-brainer for me. I love art and I especially love and appreciate art […]

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On Stage

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New offerings from Dayton Theatre Guild, Wright State University and Human Race Theatre  By Zach Rogers “Ghosts” presented by the Dayton Theatre Guild The Dayton Theatre Guild proudly welcomes “Ghosts,” a powerful drama by Henrik Ibsen. With a new translation penned by Christopher Hampton, this classic tale is getting hit with the refresh button as […]

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Answering the call

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Horns, heroes and home with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra  By Joe Aiello It will be a weekend that should make the late lyricist Sammy Cahn and composer Jimmy Van Heusen look down from heaven into the Schuster Center. And smile. No, they won’t hear the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra playing any of their songs. But DPO […]

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Fluid Dynamics

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The Oregon District gets new public sculpture  By Kevin J. Gray In early spring of 2012, the city of Dayton began an upgrade project of Patterson Boulevard for the stretch that runs from Sixth Street to Second Street, a segment of a project that will eventually link the University of Dayton to Riverscape. Part of […]

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“The Angels and the audience know … ”

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J. Todd Anderson’s “Nativity, the Pop Opera”  By Jacqui Theobald “Nativity, the Pop Opera” is the BEST Christmas show in town,” according to its creator, J. Todd Anderson.  He is a Miami Valley boy who went to Hollywood, became a storyboard artist, now travels all over the world and, between jobs, comes home to Dayton […]

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Game changer

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Sensuous is the new “Nutcracker” by Dayton Ballet and Philharmonic  By Arnecia Patterson Dayton Ballet’s 75th anniversary season beckons like the cut of a diamond ballet company. Yet it adds another facet to this year’s production of “The Nutcracker,” co-choreographed, in 2003 by Karen Russo Burke, artistic director of the Dayton Ballet, and Dermot Burke, […]

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On Stage

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New offerings from Dayton Playhouse, Zoot Theatre and Troy Civic Theatre By Brian P. Sharp Dickens’ Classic interpreted by two local theatres “Scrooge” continues at The Dayton Playhouse You have one more weekend to take in the holiday favorite “Scrooge.” This time of year it is kind of nice to just sit back and be […]

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Humbug! … on a string!

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Zoot Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol” at Dayton Art Institute By Jacqui Theobald From Albert Finney to Bill Murray and hundreds in between, “A Christmas Carol” has been interpreted in numerous forms ever since Charles Dickens’ stories were first serialized in the mid-nineteenth century. Few are more original and creative, however, than The Zoot Theatre Company […]

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A new twist on “Oliver!”

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Human Race Theatre offers unique take on Dickens’ classic By Brian P. Sharp Human Race Theatre Company has a winner in “Oliver!” As someone who has directed “Oliver!” I went into this production a skeptic. “Ugh, another production of ‘Oliver’ full of kids.” We all know the story – based on the Charles Dickens’ novel […]

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Through the “global matrix”

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Discovering world printmaking at Wright State University Galleries  By Jud Yalkut The third in an ongoing record-breaking series of surveys of forms of printmaking around the world is on display in “Global Matrix III” at the Wright State University Galleries through Dec. 9. Initiated in 2002, the “Global Matrix” concept has materialized every five years […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]